The new Ultrason E from BASF opens new opportunities for interiors comfort and safety
Added on Thu November 22nd, 2018
After two years of intensive research, BASF is now able to present prototypes of the world’s first particle foam based on polyethersulfone (PESU).
The foam is characterized by high-temperature resistance, inherent flame retardancy and its extreme light weight coupled with great stiffness and strength. It is therefore particularly well suited for complex-shaped components in aircraft, which require excellent mechanical properties together with the ability to withstand high operating temperatures and to meet stringent flame-retardancy requirements.
The PESU of BASF, named Ultrason E, is an amorphous thermoplastic which has a high glass transition temperature of 225°C and remains dimensionally stable up to this temperature. It can be processed into molded parts with complex 3D geometries, technologies already available on the market.
Despite its low density, the PESU particle foam thus enables extremely stiff and strong components with excellent dimensional stability at high temperatures.
Lastly, recycling of the parts can easily be carried out as the polymer is of one single origin.
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